Copyscape: Duplicate Content Checker
Are you ever wondering if anyone is copying your written content online or using your website content for their own? Yes? Well now you can check your content.
Copyscape is an online website software that allows you to find out whether your written text is being used by anyone else without your permission. This helps you keep your content protected from those wanting to copy without consent.
How do you use it?
There are a variety of ways you can use Copyscape to find those websites online or on social media using your content.
1. Using your Website URL
The free version on their website allows you to enter your website URL into the search bar and the software will scan your website content and the internet to see if any match. If no results are found, then your content may not have been duplicated. However, if the duplicate content checker comes back with some results, this could be duplicate content someone else is using.
One disadvantage with the free version is that you only see the top 10 results. This can be problematic if you have used the content anywhere on your own website twice or more as your website may come up instead. Therefore, you won’t see any results from potential content stealers!
2. Paid feature, worth it
The paid version of Copyscape can be a lot better to use for finding duplicate content of yours online. Instead of using a URL, you can go deeper and enter specific text that you want the scanner to check for online. This means you won’t have any problems finding the culprits stealing your content!
You will also get exact match results as well as results with a percentage of duplicate content. This means anyone trying to hide their tracks by changing small sections of your original content won’t get away with it.
It doesn’t stop there…
In addition, you can use the software to batch scan your website pages (up to 10,000 in a single operation), helping you to maintain your website and keep your content original. Ranking #1 by Independent tests, this online tool really is the brains to checking and catching anyone trying to duplicate your content.
Costs of protection
As always with software, there is a cost for the premium version of Copyscape which means you are charged for searches up to a certain number of words. For instance, their website currently stats that it charges “3c per search (up to 200 words), plus 1c per extra 100 words.”. This can be quite costly if you are checking 1000s of words, but if you use this tool to check very specific content, it is really cheap!
Should I get it?
If you are a website owner or social media guru, you should give this duplicate content checker tool a go. Checking original content is a must for ensuring your brand is the only one of its kind out there. The competition to your business or online rival may be using your content and ranking higher in the search engines than you. Don’t get caught out!